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Dane County Cultural Updates and Events

OEI observes Black History Month

Dane County Celebrates Black History Month



February 1, 2024: "Restoring the Black Woman" art exhibit

Opening ceremony: Thursday, Feb. 1 

5:30-6:30 p.m. Networking/food service 
6:30-7:30 p.m. Program 
7:30-8:30 p.m. Gallery viewing/networking

The opening ceremony and exhibit are free, and the public is welcome. Reserve free opening ceremony tickets at Eventbrite. Exhibit on display: Feb. 2-29, 2024 

The Art Gallery is located on the mezzanine in the entrance of the Truax Building Room A1005, 1701 Wright St., Madison. Gallery hours: Monday 9 am - 6 pm, Tuesday 9-11 am, 2:30-6 pm, Wednesday 9 am-5 pm, Thursday 9 am - 6 pm, Friday 11 am-3 pm. Closed weekends. Guests may park in the visitor or student lots. 

February 1-29:Panel Exhibit: Risking Everything- Freedom Summer

2pm - 11:30pm  -  Monona Public Library

Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Exhibit from the Wisconsin Historical Society, tells the story of the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project, when CORE and SNCC staff led 900 northern volunteers, 120 activists, and thousands of Black residents in a challenge to segregation. It was a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement and changed America forever.

The exhibit panels are posted on the main floor of the library and are available to view during library hours.

February 8, 2024: History of Braids

12pm-1pm Register for more information

Dive into the history of braids, an art form woven with cultural pride, resilience, and beauty in the Black community. Join us to honor the stories behind each braid—a testament to strength and unity.
Don't miss this celebration of heritage and style!

Special Guest: Jeffrey Patterson - Madison College Instructor and Owner of JP Hair Design

February 10, 2024: THE MEETING by Jeff Stetson

2pm and 7pm  - Madison College - Mitby Theater

"The Meeting" a one act play was originally published in 1987.  Captures the spirit of an imagined discussion between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X during in 1965 in a hotel in Harlem upon the heels of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The circumstances/setting under which this dialogue transpires takes place during the Civil Rights Movement.

Madison College, Dane County - OEI, and several other organizations are collaborating to book the Nobleman Theater Troupe from Milwaukee for two performances of the play on February 10, 2024 at Madison College – Mitby Theater.

There is a 2PM AND 7PM PERFORMANCE and a talk back after each performance.  



Febraury 10, 2024: Freedom Summer

2pm - Monona Public Library - Municipal Room  

Special presentation by local author Michael Edmonds who curated the Freedom Summer exhibit on display at Monona Public Library

February 10, 2024: Sam Gilliam: Abstraction and Innovation Beyond the Color Field and the Color Line

2pm - 3pm

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art 227 State St, Madison, WI 53703  

Scholar and artist Dr. Freida High Wasikhongo Tesfagiorgis will explore how select Black artists from the American South turned towards abstraction in the post-World War II era, centering on Sam Gilliam’s work and artistic processes, and incorporating other artists, including Mel Edwards and Floyd Newsum (recently on view at MMoCA).  Dr. High’s talk will explore the ways in which artists are and were true to themselves in abstraction and figurative compositions amid cultural and social issues and debates.

February 15, 2024: Madison College Athletic celebrates Black History Month

February 16-17 , 2024 : Black History Education Conference

Friday, Feb. 16: 8:00a-8:00p
Saturday, Feb. 17: 7:30a-5:00p

Madison Area Technical College -Truax

The 6th Annual Black History Education Conference will provide a venue where educators across the state and country will be able to share policies, practices, programs, and procedures that have proven effective in promoting high levels of achievement for those often being under served in our school systems and communities.


February 16, 2024: Leaders of Madison's Black Renaissance

1:00pm - 3:30pm -  5510 Lacy Rd, Fitchburg

Created and directed by retired Edgewood college professor, Dr. Charles Taylor, this film profiles nearly 40 of Madison’s influential Black leaders in the areas of education, human services, health care, business, the arts and more. Film will run until 2:45p.m. Dr. Taylor will be available for Q&A after. For more info view the Fitchburg Senior Center Newsletter

February 22, 2024: Best of Madison Business Awards 2024

11am-1:30pm - The Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor's Club

Purchase tickets

Join Madison Magazine and presenting sponsor Johnson Financial Group as they honor this year’s Best of Madison Business honorees.

2024 Honorees

Marsha Lindsay, CEO of Lindsay Foresight & Stratagem *KEYNOTE SPEAKER!

Jim Butman, president and CEO of TDS Telecommunications

Alan Kaplan, CEO of UW Health

Camille Carter, president and CEO of the Madison Black Chamber of Commerce

Brian Howell Excellence in Innovation Award Winner: Nick Myers, co-founder of RedFox AI

February 22, 2024: Ebony Elegance-Honoring Black Business Excellence

5:00pm-9:00pm Monona Terrace


Join Madison Black Chamber of Commerce  as they shine a spotlight on the" Supporting Players" in our community that help us be our best selves! They will dazzle in Classic Black Hollywood fashion and highlight Community Choice nominated businesses and entrepreneurs in self-care, personal services entertainment industries and more!

February 28, 2024: Soul Food Dinner

February 29, 2024: Black Advocacy Day at the Capitol

9:00 am to 3:30 pm, Wisconsin State Capitol, 2 East Main Street Madison, WI 53703

Register by February 22, to attend this free event. 

Governor reception from 4 pm to 6 pm

This free event is hosted by the Black Legislative Action Coalition of Wisconsin (BLAC-WI), a new network of Black-led organizations created to advocate for the needs of the Black community.

Join us to…

  • Learn how to advocate on the issues effectively
  • Meet with legislators and community leaders from across the state
  • Workshops and panel discussions
  • Enjoy a reception hosted by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers


FREE bus transportation will be provided for registered guests from Milwaukee.

  • RSVP for the Governor's reception is included
  • Buses departure location is TBA.
  • Departure from Milwaukee will be at 7 am
  • Returning to Milwaukee around 8 pm